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Not Going To Bow 03/27/2009

Chymorvah Private Hotel

The English owners of a private hotel are under attack by gay activists.

 

Anyone who grew up in church remembers the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. These three men followed God, but lived in a country that decided its people should bow to a government-sanctioned idol. They refused to bow and were sentenced to death for their civil disobedience. When they were thrown into a flaming pit, God miraculously intervened and a mysterious "fourth man" was seen walking with them in the fire.

The Christian owners of a small, seaside hotel on the southwest tip of England face prosecution after standing up for their faith. Peter and Hazelmary Bull bought the property in 1986 and have always enforced a "married couples only" rule for their rooms that accommodate two people with one bed. Their website clearly states, "We have few rules but please note that out of a deep regard for marriage we prefer to let double accommodation to heterosexual married couples only."

This caught the attention of some homosexual activists, who sent a letter threatening legal action if the hotel owners did not change their policy. The next month, one of their members reserved a room and showed up with his gay lover. Since British law does not recognize gay marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Bull explained that they would need two rooms instead of one, since they were not married. They did not turn them away; they merely upheld their long-standing policy.

Mrs. Bull, a 62-year-old great-grandmother, said, "I have had people clearly involved in affairs and underage people who have tried to book in here for sex, and I have refused them the same as I refused these gentlemen because I won't be a party to anything which is an affront to my faith under my roof." Even her brother and his girlfriend had to stay in separate rooms when they visited. But for gay activists, equal treatment is not enough. They insist that everyone "bow" to their ideology.

The Bulls were willing to accept the gay activists into their home. I would presume that they were quite polite to the two men. However, they would not welcome openly sinful activity into their home. They were gracious to the "sinners," but would not tolerate the sin.

Obviously, the case of the Bulls is not as extreme as the three men in the Old Testament, but the principle is the same: compromise the principles of God or feel the fire. I hope and pray that they will experience the presence of the "fourth man" throughout their trial.

I wonder how many Americans would hold to their principles if everything they owned came under attack. I know there have been many cases here in the United States where homosexual activists have disrupted church services, Christian events and business activities between believers. Many have stood strong, but some have caved in to the pressure. Perhaps it's the verbal accusation of being labeled "intolerant" or "a hater" that causes a few to bow down. Or maybe it's the threat of legal action. But if we want to be true to the God that we claim to follow, we must not only stand strong, we must also support those who are under attack.

There is some strength in numbers, even if the number is three. It would have been easy for any of the three young Jews in the book of Daniel turn on the other two. But they stood together. I do not know Peter and Hazelmary Bull, but I want to stand with them in what little way that I can.

I have no plans to visit England in the future, but if you do, please consider staying in one of the seven rooms at the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Marazion, Cornwall. Their website provides no email address, which is probably a good thing at this point, but you can express your support for them by visiting the Christian Institute at www.christian.org.uk.

I believe that God is a good God, loving and kind in all of His ways. As His followers, we should love others, too. This does include homosexuals. But loving someone does not mean bowing down to their idols or compromising your moral convictions.


Author: James Robison

Editor: Randy Robison

Word Count: 697

About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.

Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.